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Welcome Back, Spring! Squirrel Picnic’s Banner Diorama Explained

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Spring, how we have missed you! I put the spring banner back up for the blog header a whole month early because the snow and cold temperatures were starting to depress me. I hope that, wherever you are — even if it is warm there — you have enjoyed the image of Hodge and Podge having a little picnic in their garden.

I get a lot of requests from people around the world for the patterns to make the items in this banner. What better time than the first day of spring to share with you where you can find the patterns to make some lovely flowers, birds, and butterflies.

DaffodilDaffodils

I found the pattern for these daffodils in the book 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.

Daisies and Marigolds and Spiky LeafMarigolds

I used the “Mini-Mum” pattern in the book Crochet Garden by Suzann Thompson to make the marigolds in my banner. The pattern also includes instructions for two other sizes: Midi- and Maxi-Mums. Isn’t that adorable? There are even directions on how to make a Maxi-Mum pincushion.

marigold pincushionDaisies

I crocheted the daisies using my spring daisy pattern. 

Spiky Leaves

For the spiky leaves you see on either side of the daisy in the photo above, I used the instructions for the first two rounds of the “Coleus Leaf” pattern in Suzann Thompson’s Crochet Garden book.

Roses Violets Lily LeafRoses

For the purple roses, I used the “Centifolia Rose” pattern in Lesley Stanfield’s book 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet.

Violets and Violet Leaves

The pattern for the violets and violet leaves can be found in Suzann Thompson’s book Crochet Garden.

Bluebells and ButterfliesBluebells

The pattern for these darling bluebells can be found in Suzann Thompson’s book Crochet Garden.

Butterflies

I crocheted this butterfly using my very easy butterfly pattern.

Leaves on a Vine

These leaves on a vine would be great for a garland! Using a G-6 crochet hook and green worsted-weight yarn, I crocheted mine like this:

 * Ch 12. Slst in 2nd ch from hook. Working back down the chain over the next 5 chains: sc, hdc, dc, hdc, (sc and slst). Rep from * until you reach the desired length.

Picnic with Squirrels and Hummingbird 3Hummingbird

I used the free “Tiny Perching Pigeon” pattern from MochiMochiLand to knit this little hummingbird. I added those cute google eyes and inserted a plastic toothpick for the beak.

Eggs

Using a D-3 crochet hook and white DK yarn, I crocheted the eggs like this:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, and 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (4)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (8)
Rnds 3-4: Sc in ea sc around.
Stuff with a pinch of fiberfill if needed.
Rnd 5: * Sk, sc, rep from * 3 more times. (4)
FO, leaving a long tail.
With a tapestry needle, thread the tail through these 4 sts and pull the tail to close.
Weave in end.

Nest

Using a G-6 crochet hook and eyelash yarn, I crocheted the nest like this:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, and 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)
Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)
Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)
Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)
Rnd 7: Sc in ea sc around. FO and weave in ends.

Picnic with Squirrels and Hummingbird 4Squirrels

I crocheted Hodge and Podge with my squirrel pattern, of course.

Puffy Round Clouds

Using a G-6 hook and white worsted-weight yarn, I crocheted the clouds like this:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, and 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (20)
Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, 4 dc, ch 2, slst in next st, rep from * 5 more times.
FO and weave in ends.

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10 thoughts on “Welcome Back, Spring! Squirrel Picnic’s Banner Diorama Explained

  1. I love each of these little pieces! Wonderful.

  2. I admit, the creature in the nest always had me bamboozled. I didn’t even notice the beak until you posted the close up shot! Happy Spring!

  3. Flowers and crochet my two favorite things! My garden is full of Australian native fuschia at the moment which brings the birds to visit.
    Your diorama is a delight . ❤

  4. ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm a bit tired to write but your post made my heart sing… ❤ ❤ ❤

  5. Thank you letting us know where to find patters for those beautiful flowers. Daffodils are still my favorite.
    I have to tell you something I discovered reading this post; since I saw this spring banner, I thought there was a tiny frog on it, and found it so cute. Now I read its hummingbird!! Hodge an Podge would say I’m a jerk and need better spectacles! They would be right! 😀

    • Funny you noticed that. I had another reader who told me he had always wondered what that thing in the nest was. So don’t worry, you are in good company. I find it rather interesting, and I’m thinking about “hiding” more surprises in future banners.